Sinus surgery is an option for patients who have frequent short-term sinus infections or chronic sinusitis but find little relief with nonsurgical treatments. Sinus surgery involves widening the passageways that connect the sinuses to the nose. The goal of sinus surgery is to reduce the number and severity of sinus infections and make them easier to treat. Sinus surgery is performed in the operating room with small telescopes and instruments placed through the nostrils. Sinus surgery does not involve any incisions on the face.
Most procedures performed at the USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery can be performed endoscopically — through the nose with an endoscope — removing the need to make incisions to a patient’s face and reducing the time needed for recovery. Sinus surgery is used to open up passages that connect the nose to the sinuses. This detail-oriented surgery helps eliminate any partition in the drainage pathway, significantly reducing the chances of recurring issues.
Our surgeons create “open highways” in the nasal passages and then treat the disease on a systemic level with topical anti-inflammatories or intranasal steroid stents to keep the disease from recurring.